• T&D Student - UCSD
    I really like how positive he was - Professor McGinnis was so engaged and supportive of everyone's input. He was super open to all questions and comments. He is clearly an expert in his field and I absolutely gained a lot of knowledge that I have already implemented in my career.
    T&D Student - UCSD
  • M. Ternavan
    1:1 with my career coach helped me keep focused and was always positive.
    M. Ternavan
  • T. Lauerman
    Michael McGinnis is a superb coach and mentor. He was encouraging and dedicated.
    T. Lauerman
  • A. Kaplan
    Mike is wonderful, and my time with you was emotionally supporting and informative
    A. Kaplan
  • M. Chevrie
    Michael McGinnis was an incredible coach. He was very Professional, helpful, encouraging, and an overall pleasant person to talk with.
    M. Chevrie
  • C. Dekker
    Michael McGinnis was a great sounding board
    C. Dekker
  • S. Hilsher
    "Michael's coaching and teaching skills have helped me further develop my leadership, facilitation, and coaching skills."
    S. Hilsher
  • D. Gibson
    "I would have to say that Michael makes a difference in every person he comes in contact with. He is able to transfer his energy and passion for learning and personal development into an individual or a large group."
    D. Gibson
  • K. Gordon
    "I would not be where I am today without the commitment to my development by Mike."
    K. Gordon


The image above relates to a time when I realized the need to break through some fear and develop my self-confidence, which was holding me back from taking my next step. What do you do to overcome fear, confront it!

I was excited yet petrified at the idea of jumping out of a perfectly good plane. As the saying goes related to personal development, “I must do it myself, but I cannot do it alone!” The idea of Tandem Skydiving was perfect since it allowed me to work with an expert who would prepare, inspire and guide me. The outcome – BREAKTHROUGH ACCOMPLISHED! (click HERE to view my skydive video)

This example relates well to what I consider as Effective Coaching. Great coaches act as the Guide on the Side, listening and understanding your situation, aspirations, challenges, etc. and then works with you to formulate a development plan, challenges and inspires you to do the work, and does our best to keep you accountable to what you said you would do. Effective Coaching is ultimately about growing your awareness and changing your behaviors, both hard to do. But when you bring the willingness to be an active participant, an open mind to break through old paradigms, and a sense of adventure to be great, anything is possible!

Coaching is an art and a science which can take years to master…

As their coach, your job is to set the bar high, inspire them to reach this bar, encourage them, and most of all, guide them in the best possible manner and in the most supportive environment.
John Popovich

Anyone today can call themselves a “coach”, but few have acquired the skills, knowledge, experience, knack and people skills to work with you and challenge you. There is something to be said about having the experience and wisdom, along with considerable experience with their own personal growth & development.

Great coaches never tell you what to do, or say “I know the answer”. Instead they work with you to help you identify your what and why. This way you own the discovery process, learnings and outcomes, and are more apt to put your learnings into action because they are YOURS, not mine.


My life experience has been my most powerful teacher providing me with the situations to understand my strengths and weaknesses. My past was difficult and traumatic, resulting in many issues and challenges plaguing my life, career and relationships. When I broke out of the victim role and decided to take charge of my life, combined with working with many great coaches and teachers, amazing changes occurred.  My story is an open book, literally, featured in my book, “Discovering Michael: An Inspirational Guide to Personal Growth & Self-Discovery” (Balboa Press, 2014).

I have considerable experience and training in working with others and helping them to identify their gaps and learn how to close them. Personally, I am known for my compassionate, empathetic self combined with outstanding listening skills, resilience, inspiration, open and candid communication, along with having practiced everything I preach. This is what has resulted in my reputation as an effective coach.

A particular niche of Coaching – Career Coaching – is an area I enjoy as well. As a part-time Career Coach with Lee Hecht Harrison, I have learned the many modern methods associated with an effective job search.

I suggest virtual meetings as the ideal way of conducting this work together, providing for convenience along with using video to make it personal.

Are You Ready?…

Email me at michael@myfullpotential.us or call me at 619.663.4022